Class yourself as a bit of a coffee connoisseur? If so, then you will want to spend some time in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Located in Nakameguro next to the river, this Starbucks is the biggest in the world, consisting of four floors – all filled with beverages to try and buy.
How Does it Work?
Unlike at a regular Starbucks, you can’t just walk-in; you will have to first get your hands on a numbered ticket at the ticket center which can be found next door. Waiting times vary depending on what time and day you decide to visit. Unsurprisingly, weekends are particularly busy, especially around lunchtime and early afternoon.
It is also worth noting that although this Starbucks is rather spacious, plenty of seating and has strong WiFi, it isn’t the best place to work or study as it can get quite busy, with most people visiting this specific store to relax and enjoy the different drinks. If you are still keen to try and work from here, we recommend heading over on a weekday morning or evening.
Given that the Roastery offers a more innovative and immersive experience, expect to pay a bit more than usual for a cup of coffee or tea. Prices start from around ¥600 and can go up to ¥2000.
What is on Each Floor?
The First Floor: Starbucks Reserve
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery was designed to give fans of the coffee chain the opportunity to experience all the different aspects of the coffee making process, from watching the roasters to slowly sipping on a good cup of coffee.
As previously mentioned, there are four different floors to explore. On the 1F, you will find the main Starbucks Reserve. It is here that you will see firsthand the Roasters and baristas making original and flavourful, as well as artistic, coffees for you to enjoy.
First head to the Main Bar and browse the menu to see what specific coffee takes your liking. If you are unsure, you can always chat with one of the expert baristas who will be happy to recommend a certain blend or type of coffee. After you have decided, you can watch firsthand your coffee being carefully made and then sit at the bar to drink it.
For those who want to experience the different tastes of different blends, the Roastery offers the unique experience of allowing you to sample a range of coffees, all brewed under the same conditions.
After you have finished your coffee, make your way over to the large copper roasters and watch the talented roasters at work. Similar to the baristas, the roasters are happy to answer any questions you may have about the process and how different varieties are roasted.
There is also a Coffee Scooping Bar where you can get your own bag of freshly roasted coffee beans to use at home. Alongside this, you can purchase a cup or a tumbler, all of which are exclusive to the Roastery.
For those feeling peckish, we recommend having something from PRINCI, the Italian bakery situated near the Main Bar. From focaccia bread pizza to cornetti, there is a good range of Italian style breads to choose from.
Second Floor: Teavana
Known as Teavana, the second floor is perfect for tea lovers and those who want to sit and admire the views of the Meguro river from the window.
At the Teavana Bar you will find a rather unique range of teas including the iconic Teavana Cream Soda Matcha, made with matcha from Kyoto and topped with ice cream.
There is also a Tea Scoop Bar where you can buy your favorite teas in addition to useful accessories and serveware to take home.
Third Floor: Arriviamo
As you enter the third floor, you are welcomed into a sophisticated space for you to enjoy a coffee and cocktail. The Arriviamo Bar, you can try artistic-looking cocktails, made using different coffee, tea and spirits. If you make a request to the bartender, they can create an innovative cocktail for you. The signature cocktail however is the Starbucks Reserve Espresso Martini.
Besides from the bar, you will see the decorated ‘Tokyo’ wall, made from 500 Starbucks Reserve coffee cards and the Cold Brew Silos where you can watch the cold-brew process firsthand.
However, one of the best things you can find on this floor is the terrace. Head to this outdoor deck and take in the lovely views of Nakameguro, whilst enjoying your chosen drink. This area is particularly popular in the springtime as you can see the cherry blossom trees along the riverside. It is also the perfect place to capture an eye-catching photo for the gram.
Fourth Floor: Amu Inspiration Lounge
On the top floor, there is a lounge space which is used for different events, coffee tasting and panel discussions. To participate in one of these sessions, you will need to reserve a place on the website.
Is it Worth It?
Although the prices are slightly higher and you may have to wait to go in, visiting the Starbucks Roastery Reserve is definitely worth a visit. For those who love coffee and its culture, it offers a fun, informative and unique experience. It also provides a nice setting for those on a date or wanting to catch-up with friends – it has more of a luxury and upscale feel to a normal Starbucks. The contemporary interior and architecture as well as its prime location next to the river also adds to its overall charm.
Most people do spend a few hours in the Roastery, however if you do end up spending less time there, you can always take a stroll down the riverside and explore the boutique-style shops as well as the other cafes. There are a few things to see in the area so even if you travel specifically for the Roastery, you can still make the most of your day.
Let us know in the comments below if you have ever visited the Tokyo Roastery Reserve? If so, what was your experience like?
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